My baby boy, Axl, is going to be 6 months old in 2 weeks! 2 weeks! I can’t believe time has gone by so fast! (I know everyone said it would but I can barely see past the sleep deprivation!) He is already trying to crawl and get into everything. He is especially interested in things he cannot have! Haha, I guess I should expect that. He is super hard-headed and is getting a temper! On the other hand, Axl is so so so sweet and is such a cuddle bug! Cuddling a baby is the BEST THING EVER, in case you didn’t know already. 😛 Parenting has had it’s ups and downs so far but he makes it so worth it!
Yesterday, I was playing with my little man. We were playing “peek-a-boo” and he was smiling and laughing like crazy! (Also the best thing ever!) He has been fussy and always wanting to chew on everything so I check his mouth periodically. Well, I look into his mouth and this time I see something coming through the gums! Whatttt! So many thoughts popped into my head! Here is what I was thinking. (I’m sure you can relate to at least a few of them!)
“Yay! How exciting!”
This was the first thought I had. Yay! I love when he hits new milestones. It’s just a very exciting time for both of us! It shows me that he is healthy and his body is working the way it is supposed too. So this was a very happy moment! Unfortunately, it quickly turned into…
“My baby is getting so big!” *tear*
Don’t get me wrong, I love hitting the new milestones like I said before but also, he is my baby! I’m pretty sure this is a thought that every parent has at least once a day, especially when they are babies, because they are ALWAYS learning something new. Sometimes, I look at Axl and could just cry because I already miss the stage he was in before this one. Ugh, all I can do is hope that letting my baby grow up gets easier. (Fat chance, right?)
“My poor boobs!”
I breastfeed and Axl does not like bottles. In addition to this, he has been biting me recently (I guess because his gums have been hurting.) So as soon as I saw that little tooth coming through I had to console my poor aching nipples. They already know the worst is yet to come but they will fight the good fight and come out on top! (Hopefully.)
“Time for solids!”
After having Axl, I decided I would exclusively breastfeed until he was 6 months old, if I could. I wanted to do this mostly because solids are unnecessary (for most babies) before that age but also because I’m lazy! Breastfeeding has been so convenient! Now that he is about to hit 6 months and is getting a tooth, we are going to start solids! This should be interesting. 😛
“When should he go to the dentist?”
I’ve heard so many things about when kids are supposed to go to the dentist but I still didn’t know what the correct answer was. I had to look it up! I found that pediatric dentists recommend getting your child to the dentist before their first birthday or 6 months after their first tooth comes through. Honestly, I think it all just depends on what the parent thinks is right. I’ve had friends take their 1 year old and others wait until 3 years old!
“Ugh, another thing I have to do!”
My son has had skin problems since he was born. First, I had to wash his face twice a day and lotion him up because of baby acne. Now he has developed pretty bad eczema. Which results in me having to wash his face and lotion him up some more! After the washing, lotioning, and hydrocortisone, he is just so done with me. (I can’t really blame him.) Now I have to add brushing his teeth to the mix! Hopefully, all of this will help both of us develop some patience!
Let me know in the comments what some of your thoughts were when your child’s first tooth came through! Don’t forget to subscribe and thanks for reading!